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A PLACE FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

DEFINITIONTo be “far from the madding crowd” is to be removed, either literally or figuratively, from the frenzied actions of any large crowd or from the bustle of civilisation.

These first three images were captured in amazing woodland I chanced upon one day while exploring lonely Glen Artney, a few miles to the south of Comrie in Perthshire. Initially, I thought the path running through the wood was on public ground but as I continued further into the wood it appeared more and more to be on private property. As I later discovered it was in fact private but with a public right of access.

lochan | Glen Artney | Perthshire

lochan | Glen Artney | Perthshire

I love the “look” of this and the following lochan picture; they remind me of Monet paintings, if I do say so myself.
1/3 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 200mm

 

lochan | Glen Artney | Perthshire

lochan | Glen Artney | Perthshire

0.6 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 135mm

 

wooden seat, silver birches | Glen Artney | Perthshire

wooden seat, silver birches | Glen Artney | Perthshire

A bit of a strange one here with two silver birch trees inter-twinned above a derelict wooden bench; I think the image works well as an infrared capture.
1/50 sec @ f/8  ISO 200  Nikon D3 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 86mm   Infrared

 

Allt Na Drochaide | Glen Artney | Perthshire

Allt Na Drochaide | Glen Artney | Perthshire

This is not a particularly high waterfall but it displays a lot of character. Apparently the Gaelic name Allt Na Drochaide translates as “a burn by a wooden bridge”
1.3 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens

 

upper fall | Allt Na Drochaide | Glen Artney | Perthshire

upper fall | Allt Na Drochaide | Glen Artney | Perthshire

This is the upper section of the Allt Na Drochaide fall (a burn by a wooden bridge) as seen in my earlier photograph.
1 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D810 with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 17mm

FOOTNOTE:  AUGUST 2017

I thought it would be a nice gesture to drop off a Fine Art print of the first image seen in this post, ‘lochan | Glen Artney | Perthshire‘ to the owners of the woodland, who as it turned out were a Buddhist hermitage community. This probably goes to explain why I sensed the woodland to be such a special, peaceful place. In response, I was honoured to receive this gracious email:

Greetings, Sandy,

A quick note to say thank you for the copy of the beautiful photo you took last year here at Milntuim.
In fact, having thought about it and  looking back, I do remember your visit and showing you the lower woods.
You are always welcome to come and take more photos when the spirit moves you; the only proviso would be to be aware that there may be someone in retreat in the meditation hut above the lochan, so best to not go too close – otherwise, anywhere else should be OK.
With all good wishes,
Sister Candasiri​

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